to life, health, nutrition,
to education, care, leisure,
recreation, cultural activities
to expression, information,
Millions of children in India do not have access to quality education, healthcare or protection from abuse and exploitation. CRY America believes in a just world in which all children - regardless of gender, class, caste, faith, color, race, ethnicity, physical and mental ability etc. - have equal opportunities to develop to their full potential and realize their dreams. We work towards restoring these rights to children.
- Every second child in India is malnourished (NFHS-III, 2005-06)
- 11.8% children in India are engaged in some form of child labour (NFHS-III)
- National Dropout Rate at the Elementary Level is over 40% (DISE, 2011-12)
- Nearly 45% girls get married before the age of eighteen years (NFHS-III)
- Only 54% children received full immunization (DLHS-III, 2007-08)
- 47 out of every 1000 live births do not complete their first year of life (SRS, 2011)
CRY America believes that
Providing relief is a short-term exercise and that sustainable change can be brought about only by addressing the structural and systemic root causes of poverty and social exclusion. We seek your support to raise public awareness about the status of children, especially Indian and to press for the following human rights to make a permanent change in the lives of all children.
CRY AMERICA CHILD RIGHTS CHARTER AND LONG TERM GOALS
- Ensure a universal definition of "child" to include all persons under the age of 18.
- All children aged 6-18 years, without discrimination, should be in formal, full-time schools that provide quality education. CRY America is committed to increasing access to quality education for all children in the age group of 0 to 18 years.
- All children below 6 years should be provided pre-primary child care and schooling opportunities.
- Governments should ensure that all children complete schooling. (The Indian governments expenditure on education should increase to 10% of GDP).
- CRY America is committed to ensuring significant reduction in the incident of child labor, child trafficking and child marriage in all our operational areas
- Ensure that the child is protected from all forms of violence (home & outside) including abuse, exploitation, neglect, bullying, abandonment, discriminatory traditional practices, violent cultural rites, inclusion as messengers/agents in war scenarios and structural violence stemming from larger social, political & economical issues.
- Eliminate the culture of silence & shame around child sexual abuse which is the best kept secret of most Indian homes & communities. Existing research reveals that children of both sexes are vulnerable to it and most abusers are people known to the children, including family members
- No child should go to bed hungry and no child should be born underweight and stay undernourished. (Coverage of the Indian Public Distribution System needs to be expanded to include all poor and socially excluded families + Provision of nutritious mid-day meals needs to be made available in all public primary schools + the Integrated Child Development Services needs to be made available to all children under the age of 6 years as per the Supreme Court order of November 2001)
- CRY America is committed to ensuring that child malnutrition in our operational areas is significantly lower than the Indian national average.
- CRY America is committed to increasing access to primary healthcare for mothers and children, such that children survive, grow and develop healthy.
- Policies for children to be in line with the United Nations Charter on Child Rights (The Indian National Policy for Children (1974) to be redrafted in line with the Indian Constitution and the UN Charter on Child rights).
- Ensuring that children's voices are recognized as significant and unique in issues that affect them.
- We ensure that basic rights are available to all categories of underprivileged children, including street children, girl children, children bonded in labor, children of commercial sex workers, physically and mentally challenged children and children in institutions.
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